In 1917, three shepherd children began to tell an incredible story of a beautiful woman appearing to them while they were out tending to their responsibilities. These visions happened not only once but they happened multiple times throughout the spring of 1917. These visions took place in Fatima, Portugal. Overtime, the beautiful woman revealed herself to be the Virgin Mary. A large flock of people flooded Fatima and rededicated themselves to the Catholic faith.
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The visions were thoroughly investigated by the Catholic Church and April 25, 1946, a formal decree was signed by Pope Pius XII confirming and validating the visions. In March 2017, two of the children who experienced these visions, Francisco and Jacinta were formally canonized. Part of a Fatima prayer request that many people make is to find the holiness that these children maintained at such a young age.
The Importance of a Fatima Prayer Request
During the stretch of time that the Virgin Mary appeared to Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco, she would reveal three important secrets to them. The children advised that they should only disclose these secrets when the time was right, however, something that the Virgin Mary requested from Catholics all over the world is that they continue to make a Fatima prayer request in hopes of restoring the world to peace.
One of the secrets that was revealed by the Virgin Mary was that if Russia did not reconsecrate themselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the world would fall back into chaos which would result in another war. Unfortunately, this is a premonition that would come to pass. In today’s uncertain day and age, countless Catholics are making a Fatima prayer request in hopes that the world can have another world war as a result of the unrest in Russia and Ukraine.
Prayer to Our Lady of Fatima
There are several types of prayers that you can incorporate into your Fatima prayer request. One of the most popular Fatima prayer requests is:
O Most Holy Virgin Mary, Queen of the most holy Rosary, you were pleased to appear to the children of Fatima and reveal a glorious message. We implore you, inspire in our hearts a fervent love for the recitation of the Rosary. By meditating on the mysteries of the redemption that are recalled therein may we obtain the graces and virtues that we ask, through the merits of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Redeemer. Amen.
Another one of the most well-known Fatima prayer requests is:
Most Holy Virgin who hast deigned to come to Fatima, to reveal the treasures of graces
hidden in the recitation of the Rosary, inspire our hearts with a sincere love of this devotion that meditating on the Mysteries of our Redemption recalled therein, we may obtain the conversion of sinners and the favors we ask you now, for the greater glory of God, for your own honor, and for the good of souls. Amen.